March 14th, 2016 | Sarah Mason, HarvestMoon
For Allen Stone, the natural progression for his music is getting to the root, more of the feeling than the sound. It’s where blues, soul and the R&B of the ’60s and ’70s have influenced his tone and authenticity. Stone lives an authentic musical life. He doesn’t use pre-recorded tracks on stage, and says he’s broke because of it. His battle with technology is when he sees it encroach on the human element of art, when it becomes a crutch in live music. For Allen Stone, music played by real musicians is what he attempts to promote.
And that’s certainly the vibe of his his first major label LP, Radius, which debuted at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 chart. Stone says the record has songs that are deeply rooted to his soul and his heart, and other songs more closely related to his flesh. It blends everything from edgy soul-pop and earthy folk-rock to throwback R&B and Parliament-inspired funk. Stone’s soulful vocals complement the very authenticity that he hopes to make synonymous with his music.
After signing with Capitol Records, Stone says he’s lucky they’ve given him a lot of leeway and much more trust than they should have based upon how few followers he has on Twitter. “It’s the dumbest thing and I don’t get it at all … content is the powerful tool. If you’re able to make good content, it doesn’t matter how many followers you have. Likes and comments and clicks are free.” And so is Allen Stone—an authentic technophobe dedicated to preserving the human element of art.